I probably should have titled this thread ( Major starting Problem- continued ) however I have been able to solve, I think, my starting problems. Following all advice given including replacing the timing gear with an Aluminum one. My problem now is that when I let the pedal out for High gear the car shudders and grabs. I noticed last year at the final car show of the year that it was not shifting as smooth . I have not really been into this engine and I'm sure it needs some clean out and probably a valve job, but I'd like to hold off on major tear down until this fall. I'm hoping an adjustment will keep the car rolling until after this years car shows. As always any and all advise will be greatly appreciated and followed. Harv.
The word clunk makes me think immediately of U-joint or rear axle, but shudders and grabs suggests maybe clutch adjustment.
Harv when you shift from low to high do you retard the throttle? If not that could be some of the issue. Another might be the strength of your spring in the transmission or the finger adjustment on the spring. However I'd be more concerned with the clunk and the possibility you have some potential rear axle issues that could be very dangerous.
When you shift from low to high, pause for a second in neutral and push up on the throttle Then let the clutch out quickly and pull down again on the throttle after it is in high. The shuddering is caused by the slipping of the clutch disks while the engine is going much too fast for high gear. The idea is to match the engine speed to what it would be after you get shifted into high.
Likewise if you are shifting from high to low, you need to speed up the engine to what it would be going after it is in low.
This just takes a bit of practice.